NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 26 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is now demanding an apology from Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale who blamed him for the collapse of Mumias Sugar Company (MSC).
Lawyer Tom Ojienda who is representing Kidero says he is under instructions to institute defamation proceedings against Khalwale if he does not apologise by Monday.
Kidero is incensed at remarks by Khalwale uttered in Mumias on Wednesday when he told President Uhuru Kenyatta that the Nairobi Governor was the prefect of the criminals who looted the sugar firm.
Kidero denies involvement in the allegations, instead crediting himself for the growth of the company when he headed it.
“The explanation for the poor financial health of MSC will not be found by pointing sinister fingers at innocent people, either maliciously or because of culpable ignorance. Focus should be on what really ails the company. If anything has gone wrong after I left, surely I cannot be held responsible,” said Kidero earlier in a statement.
Kidero was adamant that he had made a fortune for the company saying at the time he joined, it had made a loss of Sh244, 858,000 but after a nine year stint, the miller had made cumulative profits of Sh14, 825,557,000.
Kidero instead accused his former colleagues of feigning ignorance on matters they approved together.
“The people who have since been charged with running the company should answer questions on the woes betiding MSC. With insignificant changes here and there, the board of directors remains the same as it was when I joined the company,” he added.
The Nairobi County boss went ahead to accuse the current management of fleecing the miller by increasing their salaries and allowances adding that at the current rate, it would be difficult to know what really ails the sugar company.
Kidero was on the spot on Wednesday, at a function where President Uhuru Kenyatta kick-started the revival of the stalled MSC where he handed over a Sh1 billion cheque for the company revival.
The President – who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto – put on notice the new management of MSC, saying it will not be spared if it fails to come up with a solid plan that will accelerate the recovery of the company.
“Before we give any more money to the MSC, the management must prove that they are capable of paying farmers for their cane deliveries and the company is making profit,” he said.
President Kenyatta said those who mismanaged and looted from MSC must be pursued and made to pay for their crimes.
Noting that there are independent institutions like the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) which are supposed to deal with those who misappropriate public resources, the President said he should not be blamed for their failure.
He challenged Members of Parliament – who have the power to reprimand the two institutions – to ensure that justice prevails regarding those who misdirected the resources of MSC.